On this week’s episode of Inside Amy Schumer, the comedian took on the topic of female food-shaming in a sketch reminiscent of last season’s brilliant “Compliments.”
A group of women are out to a seemingly normal lunch when the conversation takes a dark turn. The friends all begin to shame themselves for unhealthy eating choices — “I ate a ball of mozzarella like it was a peach” — followed by the familiar lament, “I’m so bad.” Meanwhile, they pepper in stories about things they did that are actually reprehensible — “I took a smoke machine to the burn unit to see how they’d react” and “I knelt on my gerbil to see what sound it would make” — without a trace of concern.
As Paste magazine points out, there’s a deeper message here, which is that “conversations like these are a natural byproduct of the beauty-first onslaught we get from the media—women’s magazines in particular—and the ways women can’t help falling victim to it.”
The sketch takes an unfortunate gory turn at the end, but otherwise, Amy Schumer gets two very enthusiastic thumbs up for this one. We’d suggest she celebrate the success with a big piece of chocolate cake, but that would be so bad.